• It’s #NationalPastaDay

    Did you know that October 17 is #NationalPastaDay? It’s a great day to celebrate one of the world’s favorite foods.

    Pasta dates back to 1154 A.D. Italy. In fact, Thomas Jefferson introduced pasta to the Americas after tasting it in Naples, Italy when he was the American Ambassador to France in 1785.

    There are over 600 pasta shapes in the world, each with a different name. Check out #ClayCafeStudios hand-painted pasta bowl for some of our favorites.

    FUN FACT: A typical Italian person eats over 60 lbs. of pasta a year. A typical American eats around 20 lbs. a year. Wow!

    So join us for #NationalPastaDay and come paint a bowl to hold your favorite noodles!

  • It’s Fall, Y’all

    It’s Fall, Y’all! This is our favorite time of year at Clay Café Studios. We get new pottery shapes every day and we are readying our holiday samples. Here are a few of our fall ideas …

    Fall Y’all Pumpkin

    pumpkin

    Corn on Cob

    corn on the cob plate

    The Hassetts Family Platter

    family platter

    Autumn Blessings

    autumn blessings

  • Get Your Spook on at #ClayCafeStudios

    Halloween Display

    Do you dread pulling out your old Halloween decorations from years’ past?

    Why not punch up your décor with some hand-painted pottery?

    We have jack-o-lanterns that look great with a candle or light kit burning inside.

    Jack-O-Lanterns

    For your favorite fall drink, we have skull, jack-o-lantern and bat mugs.

    Halloween Mugs

    We also have a crazy Frankenstein, Big Frankie, with a mouth that’s a candy bowl for your trick-or-treaters.

    Big Frankie Candy Bowl

    We have tons of ideas.

    Drop by soon to “get your spook on.”

  • It’s National Pancake Day!

    Guess what today is? September 26 is National Pancake Day. Just saying that makes us smile. Who doesn’t love pancakes?

    Archeological evidence suggests that pancakes were probably the earliest and most widespread cereal food eaten in prehistoric societies. It is believed that the ancient Greeks and Romans ate their pancakes sweetened with honey. Elizabethans ate them flavored with spices, rosemary, apples and even sherry. In modern times, pancakes are traditionally eaten on Fat Tuesday, a day of feasting and partying before the beginning of Lent. Potato pancakes, called latkes, are prepared as part of Hanukkah.

    You can call them pancakes, hot cakes, latkes or flapjacks. You can put fruit, syrup, jam or even chocolate on them. Join us in celebrating this fun day and eat some pancakes!

  • Technique Tuesday Halloween Tree Video

  • Shades of Summer

    When you think of summer, what comes to mind?

    More specifically, what colors and shapes do you see?

    Tastes of Summer Fruit

    Rain Showers

    Vacation

    We have tons of great ideas to make fun summer pottery. Come see us!

  • Our Favorite Samples at Clay Café Studios

    Customers ask us all the time which projects we like the best. That’s a hard question to answer because we like so many different styles.

    Here are a few of our favorites:

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    If you would like to make any of these projects, we will be happy to how you how. These are all easy-to-learn and create.

    They are good for beginners, as well as seasoned painters.

    We hope to see you soon at #ClayCafeStudios!

  • Our Best Spring Ideas

    Spring has sprung, as they say. We love spring around Clay Café Studios. We open the windows and doors and paint, paint, paint!

    Here are a few of our spring ideas:

    Garden Project

    Bright Colors

    Party Plate

    We have tons of other ideas!

    Come see us at #ClayCaféStudios and we’ll help you create a spring masterpiece!

  • 5 Great Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

    Mother’s Day will be here before we know it. Motherhood is a demanding, exhausting, humbling and rewarding experience. Our Moms do everything for us. Mother’s Day is a day to thank Mom for all those things she does, both big and small, just because she loves us.

    Here are 5 pottery-themed ideas that Mom will love:

    TIME

    Let’s face it, Moms really like it when we spend time with them. How about a pottery date for you and Mom? It’s a fun and relaxing way to spend the afternoon with each other. The added bonus is that you have a memento from that day.

    HOBBY

    For the Mom that is the family gardener, how about painting her a flower pot? Once its fired, you can plant a beautiful lavender plant or the flowers of her choice.

    MEMORY

    This is where Dads come in. Why not bring your baby or toddler to our studio and get their handprint or footprint on pottery? This is a special memento that Mom will cherish forever.

    HUMOR

    Does your Mom appreciate funny sayings or have a good sense-of-humor? Why not paint her a mug with a clever quote or comment. A couple of popular ones are “Thanks, Mom, I turned out awesome!” and “Don’t talk to Mom until she’s had her coffee.”

    APPRECIATION

    You could paint a plate listing all the things you love about Mom. Tell her why she is remarkable and how you can’t live without her.

    These are just a few ideas for Mother’s Day. Come in to the studio and we can show you more!

  • Looking for Indoor Spring Break Fun?

    Are you looking for an indoor activity to do with your kids during spring break? We have tons of pottery and glass fusing shapes to choose from. While letting the kids choose whatever animal or other shape they want, why not look ahead to future special occasions or for functional items for your home? Here are a few of our ideas:

    Functional Pottery for Your Home

    Need some new dinner plates? How about a new mug or bowl for your morning routine?

    Mother’s/Father’s Day Gift

    Handprints, footprints and sweet sentiments are perfect for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day gifts.

    Teacher Thank-You

    Hand-painted pottery is a great way to thank a special teacher.

    Glass Fusing Fun

    Try your hand at glass fusing. You can make plates, trivets, nightlights, sun catchers, jewelry and much more

    We are open all week and would love to see you at #ClayCafeStudios!